Loving ‘40s music

Benny Goodman performing in 1943 Stage Door Canteen

One of my recent passions over the past couple of years has been 1940s music. Mostly I like big band music with vocals, but blues, country, “piano bar” and novelty music from the era are rotating through my iPod playlists. Singers like Fred Astaire singing about dancing cheek to cheek, Fats Waller singing about “feets” [...]

GOP promised I’d be speaking Arabic, paying $5 for gas and could marry my cat by now

Dear Republicans of 2008 and 2012: I thought I’d give you a week or so to savor your progeny’s big wins before throwing a wet blanket over your victory party in the form of a reminder about your unfulfilled promises from the presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012. I know ‘08 and ‘12 didn’t really [...]

Book review: ‘A Cup of Water Under My Bed’

What’s inside? Good question – and once you learned that you can determine the answer by taking things apart, well, nothing was safe. The hidden parts, an object’s guts, were always more complicated and more interesting than what was on the outside. Isn’t life like that; what you don’t see is sometimes better than what [...]

Cleve Jones coming to San Diego Dec. 6

Internationally known gay, labor and AIDS activist Cleve Jones will be in San Diego Dec. 6 when the Human Dignity Foundation will be honoring him at their annual gala. Cleve is the founder of the Names Project/AIDS Quilt and was the historic consultant for the Oscar-winning film Milk about his good friend Harvey Milk. (Actor [...]

Movie review: ‘Foxcatcher’

I remember first reading about the strange case of John du Pont, the extremely odd heir to the du Pont fortune who was murderously obsessed with Olympic wrestlers, in an article in a gay newspaper 20 years ago. The supposition at the time was that no one could be as obsessed with wrestling as to [...]

Gay white privilege and the hypocrisy of our community

The Human Rights Campaign of San Diego and Equality Professionals Network previewed the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) Nov. 4. Jeff Krehely, vice president and chief foundation officer for the Human Rights Campaign was the special guest and provided the attendees with information on the HRC CEI and discussed the points system in which they [...]

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A litany

As a progressive, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to a loving God; this article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace! This is a Litany we will be using at MCC San Diego (The Met Church) for Transgender [...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

dvd of the week The sequel to the fantastic Planet of the Apes reboot, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a great science fiction action film, but despite what some fans are claiming, it’s hardly perfect. Dawn takes place ten years after the events in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with [...]

Getting On

dvr this HBO, Sunday, Nov. 23, 10:30 p.m. For some reason, Getting On, the genius half-hour comedy about an enormously dysfunctional geriatric unit of a Long Beach hospital, is barely on anyone’s radar. Put it on yours. Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein) is meek, desperately lonely, and competent; Nurse Didi (Reno 911’s Niecy Nash) is loud-mouthed [...]

The City: Top to Bottom

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thursday, nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance Join the folks at The Center as they remember those lost due to anti-transgender violence. There will be a vigil march around Hillcrest at 6 p.m. followed by a program at The Center at 7 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. San Diego LGBT Community Center, [...]

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